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Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Computer Networks and Security (with Industrial Placement)

UCAS Code: CNIP

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.

112 UCAS Tariff points

112 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.

112 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates

112 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

112 UCAS Tariff points

112 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

112

Accepted as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff point requirement.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich including industrial placement | 2020

Subject

Computer and information security

Today’s businesses demand the ability to have computer systems and networks, which operate on a global scale – so there is a high demand for people with the skills to make this happen.

This course is first in Wales for teaching satisfaction (WGU analysis of unpublished 2018 NSS data) and includes a mix of technology, security and networking modules with many hands-on practical opportunities.

Students will:
• develop critical skills and cutting edge thinking to gain the confidence to keep up with the fast pace of change in this field
• develop technical knowledge of the installation, operation security, and maintenance of computer systems and networks used in business and industry
• develop industry-critical key skills such as team working, communication and business skills
• have opportunities to work on real-life projects
• learn the fundamentals of data communications and how to apply this knowledge to manage, design, implement, configure and operate secure networks on a professional footing
• learn how to identify a range of significant threats to network security and formulate and implement defence strategies.
• have the opportunity to complete the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) qualification whilst studying for their degree
• have access to Cisco Systems state-of-the-art equipment is used in practical sessions
• have the option of an Industrial Placement Year

This course is available to study with an Industrial Placement year BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security (with Industrial Placement) UCAS Code: CNIP

You can also choose to study this course as a foundation year BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security (four years including foundation year) UCAS code: I566

Modules

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

Your first year contains essential fundamental material which is relevant in all of our computing programmes. You will learn both subject-specific skills along with transferable skills which will increase your employability prospects.

With the support of your tutors, you will learn about some of the essential facts, concepts, techniques, design process and context of computer networks. You will also learn about hardware issues, including interfacing and data communications, and their impact on the overall design and performance of computer-based systems.

MODULES

Computer Systems
Managing Data
Problem Solving with Programming
Information and Systems Engineering
Web Design and Development
Fundamentals of Networks and Security

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

Your second year continues teaching you the fundamentals of the discipline, and more specialist modules start to be introduced. You will enhance your computing and investigative skills by applying them in the laboratory and practical work to areas such as network design. You will also undertake a group project, incorporating a feasibility study, to design, produce and test a prototype of a network system or product. By the end of your second year, you will be able to demonstrate the fundamental interpersonal, organisational and study skills needed for undergraduate study and for lifelong learning in a career as a professional networking engineer.

MODULES

Server Technology
Networking: Scaling Networks
Network Protocols and Algorithms
Responsible Computing
Applied Programming
Group Project

Optional Industrial Placement Year

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

Once you reach your final year, you will further develop your skills through taught modules and research, with a focus on the latest developments in your chosen discipline. You will also undertake an individual final year project, which will help prepare you for the kind of tasks and situations you may encounter in the workplace. The final year practical and project work will further develop your in-depth specialist knowledge, understanding and practical skills within key areas of the discipline, as applied to the development of networking systems and services using current and emerging technologies.

MODULES

IT Project Management
Network Security
Managing Networks and Systems
Future Technologies
Project

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

Assessment is seen as an integral part of learning and assessment criteria are linked to individual module learning outcomes. Assessment methods include practical assessments, reports and essays, analysis of case studies, oral presentations, seminar papers, project work, personal development portfolio, examinations and unseen class tests. Assessment will involve both individual and group / team-based assignments.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our website (student support section) has more information on the help available.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£11,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Wrexham

Department:

School of Applied Science, Computing and Engineering

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Computing

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

68%
UK students
32%
International students
80%
Male students
20%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
20%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
E

After graduation


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Computing

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
low
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

52%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
10%
Other elementary services occupations
6%
Secretarial and related occupations

A specialist subject, and not surprisingly graduates tend to go into software engineering roles or related. The degree classification students achieved made a particular difference last year — computing graduates with the best grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months and employers can even rate a good grade as important as work experience. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, where average starting salaries for good graduates were getting towards £38k last year. Be aware that at the moment, recruitment agencies are much the most common way for graduates from this degree to get their first job, so it may be worth getting in touch with a few specialist agencies in advance of graduation if you take this degree to get a foot in the door.

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